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Ice Cube's 'Good Day' Was (Possibly) Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

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For 65,844,610 Americans, January 20, 2017, was not a very good day. But rewind a bit—say, 25 years—and things were looking different.

There was "no barking from the dogs, no smog," the sun was shining, the Lakers beat the Supersonics, beepers were the only hand-held devices many of us had to worry about, and Yo! MTV Raps was still on TV (...and a few other stories of note occurred). Yeah, January 20, 1992 was a good day

According to some impressive sleuthing from Donovan Strain via the Murk Avenue blog, the day of note in Ice Cube's early-90s hit "It Was A Good Day" was, in fact, January 20, 1992.

Strain deduced that it was "The ONLY day where: Yo MTV Raps was on air, It was a clear and smogless day, Beepers were commercially sold, Lakers beat the SuperSonics, and Ice Cube had no events to attend [meaning, he wasn't filming 'Boyz in the hood']." And yes, this very day was two-and-a-half decades ago from Trump's inauguration.

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In 2012, Vulture reached out to Ice Cube about confirming (or just commenting on) the discovery. He responded with, "Nice try."

So, if the rain or the news has you down today, turn up the speakers and blast some 90s hip hop. Thanks for reminding us what a good day it is, Ice Cube.

(It should also be noted that, on that day in 1992, America's president was a one-term Republican. So maybe January 20, 2021 will be another good day.)